I’ve always been a fan of creative protesting. My personal favorite came a few years ago when protesters effectively disrupted a KKK/Neo-Nazi march in downtown Knoxville.
“White Power!” the Nazi’s angrily shouted once more, “White flowers?” the clowns cheers and threw white flowers in the air and danced about merrily.
Now, in my mind, this is how protesting hateful, ridiculous opinions should go. Unless you already have a personal relationship with the person holding that opinion, arguing and getting in their faces isn’t going to help. If anything, their hateful beliefs will become more entrenched. Add to the fact that when you are a bit of a minority belief, it’s difficult to argue with everyone. There are only so many hours in a day, and only so many times you can say the same argument over and over again, before you want to beat your own head into a wall.
Sometimes it’s easier to just point and laugh. And that’s where my affiliation with a subreddit called “Shitredditsays” comes in. You see, one day I was browsing reddit and was tired and cranky about some misogynistic shit that happened, when I discovered that there was a magical subreddit that did what I desperately needed: Mock the stupid shit that people say on reddit and get upvoted for it.
Because the opinion that women are objects is ridiculous. The opinion that child porn doesn’t hurt anyone? Patently silly and harmful. The idea that humor is throwing racist slurs around? Pretty dumb.
I could get mad at these people. I could argue with them. Maybe someone would see reason. But the most likely result is that I would get hate PMs from angry people, and I would be discredited because of my opinion.
Alternatively, I could make the point that their opinion, much like the opinion that the sun is smaller than the earth is so stupid, that my only option is to laugh at them and at how ill informed and self-centered their world view is.
Maybe that won’t win hearts and minds, but it’s hitting these opinions where they hurt and taking a shovel to the problem of shit opinions, rather than individually arguing with each crap opinion that stops by.
To those hurt by someone making fun of your opinion that pedophilia is just like homosexuality, or that black people are the reason that bad things happen in poor neighborhoods, or that women are actually people and not objects, perhaps you should examine why you’re hurt by a little laughing at your misguided expense.